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No new word on two closed Dominick’s

Empty stores in Joliet and Romeoville

Published: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:57 p.m. CDT
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(Rob Winner – rwinner@shawmedia.com)
The former Dominick's location at 2318 Essington Road near Caton Farm Road in Joliet is seen Monday.

The former Dominick’s anchor locations in Joliet and Romeoville are still looking for tenants.

Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante said that while there has been no communication with Safeway Inc., the parent company of Dominick’s, the city has been in contact with several potential vendors to fill the location at 2318 Essington Road.

“We have nothing to announce at this time,” Giarrante said. “But we did talk to Caputo’s, Mariano’s and Tony’s. That’s the last we’ve heard.”

The two anchor locations have been vacant since Safeway closed them along with 11 other Chicago-area locations in December.

Safeway shareholders recently approved a merger with grocery chain Albertsons, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

A location in Shorewood reopened July 15 as a Mariano’s. But the Romeoville and Joliet locations haven’t been as lucky.

“It’s absolutely frustrating,” Giarrante said. “The sooner they are occupied the better. We’re losing out on good sales tax revenue. We’re never going to quit trying to fill that spot.”

Inland Real Estate Corporation, the group managing the Joliet location property, did not immediately return phone calls Tuesday.

In May, Giarrante and Romeoville Mayor John Noak said that Safeway had not been communicating with city officials or property owners about the status of the two locations.

Safeway continued to pay the leases on those locations after the Dominick’s closed down, allowing the corporation to sell the leases on the properties on its own terms without involving municipalities or owners.

Since then, nothing has changed at the Romeoville location at 435 Weber Road, according to a Shiner Group representative with limited knowledge of the property.

Bill Shiner, chief executive officer of the ownership group, couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.

Noak said that he couldn’t confirm any change in the status of the Romeoville location on Tuesday without first talking with Shiner. But an update could come soon.

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